Bangabandhu-1 satellite on its way to orbit

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PV Desk : The nation’s dream satellite, Bangabandhu-1, is now on its way to orbit after its perfect and successful launching last night, making Bangladesh’s debut in the global space society.
The historic event took place at 2:14am Bangladesh time yesterday when the country’s first geostationary communication satellite started its voyage towards orbit from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the USA.
Falcon 9, the finest rocket of American firm SpaceX, started carrying the satellite to the orbit from the Cape Canaveral launching pad at 4:14pm US local time.
A Bangladesh delegation, led by Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, witnessed the launching of the satellite, which was visible for around seven minutes in the Florida’s clear sky.
Thousands of people across the world witnessed the launching, which was telecasted by different television channels and was webcasted by the SpaceX.
While the satellite started its journey to the space, people of all ages across the country were awake and many of them started singing with joy and pride the national anthem – ‘Amaar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomay Valobashi’.
The iconic slogan – “Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu” was also chanted at places across the country while Bangabandhu-I was rocketing the country’s flag and national logo to the space. People expressed their joy and gratitude to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for setting another example of great success that made Bangladesh proud on the global stage.
Students and teachers of Dhaka University (DU) enjoyed launching of Bangabandhu-1 on two big projection screens installed by the university authorities on the campus and celebrated the historical moment amid festivity and fanfare.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also joined the proud nation in witnessing the milestone event for the country’s communication sector.
“Bangladesh started a glorious chapter in the history with the launching of Bangabandhu-1 satellite as it has become a proud member of the satellite club from today,” the President said in a message.